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Answering the need for clear thinking and proven Biblical principles that the Church can implement, Seamless Succession identifies and discusses seven principles that leaders can follow to dramatically improve the likelihood and longevity of a successful transition.

Seamless Succession offers a detailed plan with proven concepts for effective transition planning and implementation, proving that the succession process can be a catalyst for overall growth, furthering the end goal ‘to make disciples of all nations’.



Pastoral succession can be a catalyst for overall church growth in this necessary season.


Plateaued or declining attendance can be reversed and growth can be an achievable goal.


Healthy and functional teamwork develops unity and propels the mission of the church forward.


Dr. Jay Passavant


Dr. Jay Passavant received a commission in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1970, and following his service was ordained in the UPUSA for over seven years. In 1981, with the support of his wife Carol, he launched North Way Christian Community near Pittsburgh, PA, and led the church for over three decades before passing the torch to North Way’s current lead pastor. Jay is also the author of Seamless Succession, giving practical steps for healthy pastoral succession and proving that succession can be a catalyst for growth within the church.

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Dr. Jay Passavant

Lee Kricher


Lee Kricher is the Senior Pastor of Amplify Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a church that underwent a major transformation. Declining church attendance was reversed and the average age of the members and attendees decreased by 15 years. He is also the author of For a New Generation, a book about the church’s journey that is written as a guide for those who want their church to more effectively reach and continue to reach the next generation.

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Curtis Songer


Curtis Songer has over 31 years of experience in ministry and international business transformation. His business expertise includes strategic planning, operations management, information systems design & implementation, and enterprise wide business process reengineering (including lean six sigma). His ministry expertise spans over 20 years in church-based business administration, leadership development, as well as marital and parental counseling.

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Curtis Songer

Tony LaMarca


Tony LaMarca has 18 years of experience in Student Ministry, Church Technology and Worship. His broad range of understanding gives him unique insight into relational leadership in churches of any size. He has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Student Ministry from Geneva College. With expertise in technology and digital media, Tony is able to quickly evaluate needs and provide cost-effective strategies for improvement.

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Tony LaMarca

Amy Kyriazis

Director of Operations and Finance

Amy Kyriazis over has 10 years of experience in the areas of business and human resources. Working for Misys Healthcare Systems, she handled many aspects of their human resources needs from organizational changes and succession planning to performance management. She has a Bachelors Degree in Business Adminsitration from Geneva College with a concentration in Human Resources. She also studied Christian Ministries as a minor during her time at Geneva. Amy currently helps lead the Moore and More Women’s Ministry at North Way Christian Community which ministers to over 300 women on a weekly basis.

Amy Kyriazis

Amy D’Ambrosio

Director of Communications

Amy D’Ambrosio has significant experience in the areas of marketing, public relations, organizational development, and sales. Serving as the communications director for Gateway Rehab, one of the top ten non-profit organizations in America, she helped rebrand and revitalize the organization’s image and messaging. Her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Grove City College gives her insight into how teams can best work together in accomplishing their goals, and she understands how to help propel teams and leaders forward.



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